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Monkish Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Monkish Brewing Co.Monkish Brewing Co.
Based on:
61 Beers
662 Hads
Place Score: -
Reviews: 8
Visits: 54
Avg: 4.26
pDev: n/a
Taps: 1
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Bar ]

20311 S Western Ave
Torrance, California, 90501-1504
United States | map

Place added by: UnknownKoger on 03-12-2012

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Reviews: 8 | Visits: 54
Photo of B33rN3rd
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

I love this brewery. There's something about it, the vibe, the people that work here, the small things that all come together. Their beer selection on tap is incredible, double what any of the other local breweries offer, with a great limited release selection, and the staff are incredibly friendly - they always offer up new suggestions and recognize local faces. I hadn't been here but twice and a cute beertender knew who I was almost immediately. Once you get your beer, you pass a large vat of free pretzels as you make your way past their wonderful metalworks, and enter into a decent-sized room for libations. There's tall bar tables in the center of the room, and tables with bags of beans or grain or...whatever...to sit on, along the sides. It's one of the few breweries that offers a TV and has often sent out invitations to come down and partake in some sports enjoyments for big games. However, if you're not into sports, no worries, because it doesn't dominate the social area. Finally, there is often a pitfire pizza company out back and I will tell you first had, your stomach will thank you for the partake. Their only downfall is parking, and can be quite a bitch, but that's par for the course with most of these breweries in the business districts. There are several breweries in Torrance, all within a three mile radius, but this, by far, is my favorite.

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Photo of Ernie_The_Dude
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

Found in the area yesterday and check out the local beer breweries. As another brewery in the area, I found a long line to be served. Had the Sem-I Delli Vita. a great Belgian type beer. Probably shorter line during the week to get a beer but, If it wasn't any good, there will be no line. I was not disappointed. Glad I stopped in.

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Photo of Alpha309
4.6/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Very small space in the tasting room, but tables set up in the brewing room double the space, possibly even triple it. Selection is always pretty solid and has a wide range. Good wide ranging selection of beers and never an ipa which is almost too common in Southern California. I would recommend the flight at $8 for 4 beers. Most of the beers on the menu are included so you can sample almost anything. The tenders have the appropriate knowledge of the product and are very helpful. Self serve pretzels and peanuts are available, food trucks are common and outside food is ok.

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Photo of TrojanRB
3.58/5  rDev -16%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Visited on 4/5/13

Monkish is located in an industrial park in Torrance, and has a tiny tasting room with a few tables and chairs. Not a ton of character. You can also go into the brewery, and there is some additional seating there. There happened to be a food truck there that day, which is the primary source of food. Peanuts and pretzels are self serve and complimentary.

A tasting flight is $8 and includes 4 pours - your choice - from a 10 beer selection. Options were Oblate, Crux, Moria, Altar Boy, Galaxy Defender, False Prophet, Rosa's Hips, Select Monk 2, Anomaly, and Feminist. Seme Della Vita, Apothatic, Magnificat, and Matrimonium were also available, but not in the flight. The pours were healthy, and the staff was knowledgeable. Great selection of beers and a good value.

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Photo of mrcraft
4.11/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I visited Monkish primarily to try Vigil. I ended up also trying Lumen, Crux, and Rosa's Hips. I thought each were high-quality representation of their respective beer styles with Henry's personal twist.

The tasting room is located in an industrial park off Western. The space is somewhat small, but modern and cozy. Peanuts and pretzels are complimentary. Since they don't serve food, outside food is welcome. Flights are not served in typical flight glassware on a paddle, you are instead given about a 4 oz. pour in a snifter, and given wooden chips. Once you're done with one beer, you take the chips to the server, they'll clean your snifter, and pour your next beer. I would rather have all my beers in front of me simultaneously, but that's just me.

They will be bottling their beers in the near future, so you may see them at your favorite bottle shop soon.

I enjoyed my visit.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

I visited Monkish on Sunday 1/20/13. Going back to my birth town of Torrance. Monkish is located in a little strip mall off Western Avenue a couple miles south of the 405. Walking in I was suprised how small it was, about 7-8 four person tables with the brewing tanks clearly visible. They had 8 of their beers on-tap, I opted for a flight of 4 (Crux, Red Table, Lumen, Magnificat) for $7. I've always enjoyed Monkish's beers when I've seen them on-tap so I wanted to visit the source. Crux and Red Table were good Belgian-style beers, but Lumen and Magnificat were fantastic and great examples of why these guys are one of my new favourite breweries. Talked to the brewer Henry as well; he was friendly, gracious and willing to talk about the beer in hand. Monkish is a little out of the way, but fans of experimental Belgian-style beers should check them out, especially as a little side trip on the way to the Redondo Beach pier.

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Photo of Narfish
3.48/5  rDev -18.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Monkish is a new brewery to SoCal concentrating on the lower-ABV end of the Belgian spectrum. As the name would suggest, many of their beers are non-idiomatic version of Belgian favorites - a blonde with chamomile, a dubbel with rose hips, a dry-hopped amber, tripel with hibiscus, etc. Monkish has a ways to go 'til its offerings are as distinguished its Belgian-inspired brethren at Ommegang, Allagash, The Bruery, etc. But Monkish is trying interesting things for sure, and visiting its tiny tasting room feels as comfortable as being invited into someone's kitchen.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

I stopped by Monkish when I was in the general area for a tasting. Located in a small industrial park, the inside space has a pretty modern but vintage tinged feel. Lots of wood and metal and whatnot. They have 8 of their beers available on tap at a time (only 6 when I went though). The quality of all the beers I tried was pretty great as the tasting room is attached right to the brewery. Service was great and the workers took a good amount of time to chat with me when I was there. Prices are pretty inexpensive for both tasters and pints. However, their growler prices with additional fill prices were a bit expensive. Check it out if you are in the area.

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Monkish Brewing Co. in Torrance, CA
- out of 100 based on 8 ratings.